We are running Windows NT 4.0, SP6a, with MS Exchange 5.5, SP2, on the
IPCS 200Mhz CPU on a 9406-170. We have purchased Veritas Backup Exec 8.5 to
perform the MS Exchange agent Backup, as well as the main backup, but it
fails. The reason it fails is that Veritas needs to allocate the tape
device (via a valid driver name) at system boot-up, which the 400 does
not allow. I am looking for this: a way to backup the MS Exchange
Information Store with granularity, to be able to restore a single mailbox if
needed, etc. The work-around I am using right now is to perform a full system
save each night, which gives us one day's protection, but which would require
restoring the entire NT/MS Exchange Storage Space, which is a cludge.
Any help is appreciated. PS - Veritas is apparently incorporating the
Ability to backup to network drives in addition to tape drives in version 8.6,
Which is due out this summer, which may solve this problem. Thanks.
The answer is No. The device and the backup software do not provide for
the granular save/restore you are looking for. Make sure that you bring
the issue up with Veritas to insure inclusion in the 8.5 release. I've
been told by 3 or 4 that it is supposed to be included, but I wouldn't
bet the farm.
This was first published in May 2001